The frontier of mankind's space exploration is twelve years of space travel away from Earth. The corporations which are involved in planetary mining decide that it is easier and more profitable to enslave their workers and there is nothing that the governments of Earth can do about it. The best Earth can do is to hire mercenaries and utilize local militias. When the Syndicate takes over Chronos to monopolize its rich resources, they begin to develop factories to make the kinds of high tech weapons that are in short supply. If they succeed, these high tech weapons will tip the balance of power. A group of mercenaries is asked to go to Chronos and fight the huge robotic armored divisions with handheld rockets. They find a few surprises which play into their hands once they get there, including telepathic aliens and a colony of miners who turn out to be incredibly resourceful allies.